Canterbury School Celebrates National Arts in Education Week
Canterbury School Celebrates National Arts in Education Week
Ranae Butler, Fine Arts Department Chair

Canterbury School is celebrating National Arts in Education Week, Sept. 9 – 15! The US House of Representatives designated the second week in September as National Arts in Education Week in 2010, with the intent of showcasing the transformative power of the arts. They explained that the arts "equip students with a creative, competitive edge" and that "attracting and retaining the best teachers is vital and can be achieved by ensuring that schools embrace the arts, becoming havens for creativity and innovation"

To celebrate, Canterbury School students will stretch themselves creatively, explore ways to communicate, and create original content. In addition to regular Fine Arts classes:

  • Students from the Early Childhood, Lower School, Middle School and High School divisions will have artwork on display at the Arts United Center, which happily welcomes community members throughout the day.
  • Early Childhood students will experience a special classical music concert in Lily's Garden. Our very own Mr. and Mrs. Tan will perform with members from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
  • High School students will rehearse "Seussical: The Musical" in preparation for their performances on Oct. 26 and 27, which are both open to the public.

The Canterbury School Fine Arts Department has experience continued growth since 1977, when the school's founders recognized the arts as an essential part of a complete education. They believed in maximizing learning in and through the arts and set out to develop students with a lifelong appreciation for drama, visual art and music.

Over time, the Fine Arts Department has expanded from those three original offerings to also include dance, music technology, music theory and film. Collectively, these classes provide even greater opportunities for self-expression, cross-cultural understanding, confidence, creativity and discipline.

Thanks to the vision of these founders and support from current administration, our students have an extremely arts rich experience. Each week, our students study fine arts.

  • Early Childhood students participate in visual art and music
  • Lower School students explore drama, general music and visual art, and the learn strings starting in Grade 3
  • Middle School students take dance, dramatic oratory, drama, visual art and music, and they can choose to pursue electives like speech, film, 3D art, graphic design, band, chess, choir and orchestra.
  • High School students can choose among choir, band, orchestra, visual art, theatre, music technology, film, music theory and speech.

Learn more about the Canterbury School Fine Arts Department online, and help us celebrate National Arts in Education Week!